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Facts included all have been ranked highly in the Billboard chart. Only the highest ranked or recognized version of a song as described by Wikipedia are included. Grammy inducted songs are included in that topic only, not under this topic.

220 facts:

Al Donohue
   released the record   
Jeepers Creepers
1938; #1 on the Billboard chart; Oscar nominated song from "Going Places"
The Andrews Sisters
   released the record   
Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood, Mama)
1939; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Andy Kirk
   released the record   
I Won't Tell a Soul (I Love You)
1938; #1 on the Billboard chart
Andy Kirk
   released the record   
Until the Real Thing Comes
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart
Artie Shaw
   released the record   
Deep in a Dream
1938; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart
Artie Shaw
   released the record   
Goodnight, Angel
1938; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Artie Shaw
   released the record   
Thanks for Everything
1939; #1 on the Billboard chart
Artie Shaw
   released the record   
They Say
1938; #1 on the Billboard chart
Benny Goodman
   released the record   
And the Angels Sing
1939; #1 on the Billboard chart
Benny Goodman
   released the record   
Don't Be That Way
1938: #1 on the Billboard chart; highest ranked version
Benny Goodman
   released the record   
Glory of Love
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart
Benny Goodman
   released the record   
Goody Goody
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart; highest ranked version
Benny Goodman
   released the record   
I Got Rhythm
Benny Goodman
   released the record   
It's Been So Long
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart
Benny Goodman
   released the record   
Moon Glow
1934; #1 on the Billboard chart; highest ranked version
Benny Goodman
   released the record   
These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart
Benny Goodman
   released the record   
You Turned the Tables on Me
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart
Ben Selvin
   released the record   
Happy Days Are Here Again
1930: #1 on the Billboard chart; theme song for Franklin Delano Roosevelt's U.S. presidential campaign in 1932
Ben Selvin
   released the record   
I Only Have Eyes for You
1934; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Billie Holiday
   released the record   
A Fine Romance
1936; most popular version; peaked at #9 on the Billboard chart
Billie Holiday
   released the record   
Summertime
1936; #1 on the European chart; peaked at #12 on the Billboard chart
Bing Crosby and Connee Boswell
   released the record   
Alexander's Ragtime Band
1938; 2 weeks as Billboard's #1; highest ranked version
Bing Crosby and Connee Boswell
   released the record   
An Apple for the Teacher
1939; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Bing Crosby and Connee Boswell
   released the record   
Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)
1937; 1 week as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby and Jimmy Dorsey
   released the record   
Too Marvelous for Words
1937; 1 week as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby and The Mills Brothers
   released the record   
Dinah
1932; 2 weeks as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby
   released the record   
At Your Command
1931; 3 weeks as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby
   released the record   
Dancing in the Dark
1931; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart
Bing Crosby
   released the record   
It's Easy to Remember
1935; 2 weeks as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby
   released the record   
I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams
1938; 4 weeks as Billboard's #1; highest ranked version
Bing Crosby
   released the record   
June in January
1934; #1 on the Billboard chart
Bing Crosby
   released the record   
Just One More Chance
1931; 2 weeks as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby
   released the record   
Little Dutch Mill
1934; 5 weeks as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby
   released the record   
Love in Bloom
1934; 6 weeks as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby
   released the record   
The Moon Got in My Eyes
1937; 4 weeks as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby
   released the record   
Out of Nowhere
1931; 3 weeks as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby
   released the record   
Please
1932; 6 weeks as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby
   released the record   
Red Sails in the Sunset
1935; 2 weeks as Billboard's #1; considered to be the best version
Bing Crosby
   released the record   
Remember Me?
1937; 3 weeks as Billboard's #1; nominated for an Oscar for "Mr. Dodd Takes the Air"
Bing Crosby
   released the record   
Shadow Waltz
1933; 2 weeks as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby
   released the record   
Soon
1935; #1 on the Billboard chart
Bing Crosby
   released the record   
Sweet Leilani
1937; 10 weeks as Billboard's #1; Oscar winning song from "Waikiki Wedding"
Bing Crosby
   released the record   
You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
1938; 2 weeks as Billboard's #1
Bing Crosby
   released the record   
You're Getting to Be a Habit
1933; 4 weeks as Billboard's #1
Blind Willie Johnson
   released the record   
John the Revelator
1930; seminal gospel blues song covered by numerous rock artists
Bob Crosby
   released the record   
Day-In, Day-Out
1939; #1 on the Billboard chart
Bob Crosby
   released the record   
In a Little Gypsy's Tea Room
1935; #1 on the Billboard chart
Bob Crosby
   released the record   
Whispers in the Dark
1937; #1 on the Billboard chart; nominated for an Oscar for "Artists and Models"
The Boswell Sisters
   released the record   
The Object Of My Affection
1935
Count Basie
   released the record   
Lester Leaps In
1939; jazz standard; listed among the Milestone Recordings in American Music
Dick Powell
   released the record   
Gold Digger's Song (We're in the Money)
1933; 8 weeks as Billboard's #1
Dolly Dawn
   released the record   
You're a Sweetheart
1938; #1 on the Billboard chart
Don Bestor
   released the record   
Forty-Second Street
1934; #1 on the Billboard chart
Don Bestor
   released the record   
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
1933; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
   released the record   
Chasing Shadows
1935; #1 on the Billboard chart; highest ranked version
The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
   released the record   
Lullaby of Broadway
1935; #1 on the Billboard chart; Oscar winner for "Gold Diggers of 1935"; most popular version
Duke Ellington
   released the record   
I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
1938; #1 on the Billboard chart; highest ranked varsion
Duke Ellington
   released the record   
(In My) Solitude
1934; jazz standard; lasting acclaim
Duke Ellington
   released the record   
It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
1932; jazz standard of lasting acclaim; peaked at #6 on the Billboard chart
Duke Ellington
   released the record   
Sophisticated Lady
1933; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Duke Ellington
   released the record   
Symphony in Black
1935; landmark musical score from short musical of same name; Billie Holiday's screen debut
Duke Ellington With Bing Crosby
   released the record   
Three Little Words
1930; 3 weeks as Billboard's #1; highest ranked version
Eddy Duchin
   released the record   
Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?
1933; 6 weeks as Billboard's #1
Eddy Duchin
   released the record   
I Cover the Waterfront
1933; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart
Eddy Duchin
   released the record   
I'll Sing You a Thousand Love Songs
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart; highest ranked version
Eddy Duchin
   released the record   
It's De-Lovely
1937; #1 on the Billboard chart; highest ranked version
Eddy Duchin
   released the record   
I Won't Dance
1935; #1 on the Billboard chart
Eddy Duchin
   released the record   
Let's Fall in Love
1934; #1 on the Billboard chart
Eddy Duchin
   released the record   
Lights Out
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart
Eddy Duchin
   released the record   
Lovely to Look At
1935; #1 on the Billboard chart
Eddy Duchin
   released the record   
Take My Heart
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart
Eddy Duchin
   released the record   
You Are My Lucky Star
1935; #1 on the Billboard chart
Ella Fitzgerald
   released the record   
Goodnight, My Love
1937; #1 on the Billboard chart; highest ranked version
Enric Madriguera
   released the record   
Carioca
1934; #1 on the Billboard chart; highest ranked version
Enric Madriguera
   released the record   
I Found a Dream
1935; peaked at # on the Billboard chart
Ethel Waters
   released the record   
Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)
1933; #1 on the Billboard chart
Fats Waller
   released the record   
All My Life
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart
Fats Waller
   released the record   
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
1935; peaked at #5 on the Billboard chart
Fats Waller
   released the record   
It's a Sin to Tell a Lie
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart
Fats Waller
   released the record   
Two Sleepy People
1938; #1 on the Billboard chart
Frances Langford
   released the record   
Harbor Lights
1937; peaked at #6 on the Billboard chart; original release
Frankie Masters
   released the record   
Scatter-Brain
1939; #1 on the Billboard chart
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
   released the record   
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
1937; peaked at #5 on the Billboard chart
Fred Astaire
   released the record   
Change Partners
1938; #1 on the Billboard chart; nominated for Oscar for "Carefree"
Fred Astaire
   released the record   
I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart
Fred Astaire
   released the record   
Nice Work If You Can Get It
1937; #1 on the Billboard chart; highest ranked version
Fred Astaire
   released the record   
Night and Day
1932; #1 on the Billboard chart
Fred Astaire
   released the record   
They Can't Take That Away from Me
1937; nominated for Oscar for "Shall We Dance"
Freddy Martin
   released the record   
April in Paris
1933; peaked at #5 on the Billboard chart
Freddy Martin
   released the record   
Be Still, My Heart
1934; peaked at #5 on the Billboard chart
Freddy Martin
   released the record   
I Saw Stars
1934; #1 on the Billboard chart
Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians
   released the record   
Cryin' for the Carolines
1930; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart
Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians
   released the record   
I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five & Dime Store)
1931; #1 on the Billboard chart
Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians
   released the record   
Let's Have Another Cup Of Coffee
1932; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart
Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians
   released the record   
Little White Lies
1930; #1 on the Billboard chart
Gene Austin
   released the record   
Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
1931; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart
George Olsen
   released the record   
The Last Round-up
1933; #1 on the Billboard chart
Glen Gray
   released the record   
Sunrise Serenade
1939; #1 on the Billboard chart; highest ranked version
Glenn Miller
   released the record   
Moon Love
1939; #1 on the Billboard chart
Glenn Miller
   released the record   
Over the Rainbow
1939; #1 on the Billboard chart; cover of Judy Garland's iconic version in "Wizard of Oz"
Gus Arnheim
   released the record   
Sweet and Lovely
1931; #1 on the Billboard chart
Guy Lombardo
   released the record   
Boo Hoo
1937; #1 on the Billboard chart; highest ranked version
Guy Lombardo
   released the record   
Goodnight Sweetheart
1931; #1 on the Billboard chart for several weeks
Guy Lombardo
   released the record   
It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane
1937; #1 on the Billboard chart
Guy Lombardo
   released the record   
September in the Rain
1937; #1 on the Billboard chart; most noteworthy version
Guy Lombardo
   released the record   
So Rare
1937; #1 on the Billboard chart; most popular version
Guy Lombardo
   released the record   
Stars Fell on Alabama
1934; #1 on the Billboard chart; early version
Guy Lombardo
   released the record   
What's the Reason (I'm Not Pleasin' You)
1935; #1 on the Billboard chart; Oscar winner for "Gold Diggers of 1935"
Guy Lombardo
   released the record   
When Did You Leave Heaven?
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart; Oscar nominated song for "Sing, Baby, Sing"
Guy Lombardo
   released the record   
Winter Wonderland
1934; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Guy Lombardo
   released the record   
You're Driving Me Crazy (What Did I Do?)
1930; #1 on the Billboard chart
Hal Kemp
   released the record   
There's a Small Hotel
1936; 2 weeks as Billboard's #1
Hal Kemp
   released the record   
This Year's Kisses
1937; 4 weeks as Billboard's #1
Hal Kemp
   released the record   
When I'm With You
1396; 2 weeks as Billboard's #1
Hal Kemp
   released the record   
Where or When
1937; 1 week as Billboard's #1
Harry Richman
   released the record   
Puttin' On the Ritz
1930; #1 on the Billboard chart; theme song from movie of same name; inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005
Horace Heidt
   released the record   
Gone With the Wind
1937; #1 on the Billboard chart
Horace Heidt
   released the record   
Ti-Pi-Tin
1938; #1 on the Billboard chart; highest ranked varsion
The Ink Spots
   released the record   
Address Unknown
1939; #1 on the Billboard chart
The Ink Spots
   released the record   
Maybe
1939; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Isham Jones
   released the record   
Stardust
1931; #1 on the Billboard chart; sentimental ballad
Jan Garber
   released the record   
All I Do Is Dream of You
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart
Jan Garber
   released the record   
A Beautiful Lady in Blue
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart
Jan Garber
   released the record   
A Melody from the Sky
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart
Jimmie Greer
   released the record   
Stay As Sweet As You Are
1934; #1 on the Billboard chart
Jimmie Lunceford
   released the record   
Rhythm Is Our Business
1935; #1 on the Billboard chart
Jimmy Dorsey
   released the record   
How'dja Like to Love Me?
1938; peaked at #4 on the Billboard chart
Jimmy Dorsey
   released the record   
Is It True What They Say About Dixie?
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart
Johnny Green
   released the record   
A Rendezvous With a Dream
1936; peaked at #5 on the Billboard chart
Johnny Messner
   released the record   
Could Be
1939; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart
Kate Smith
   released the record   
River, Stay 'Way from My Door
1932; #1 on the Billboard chart
Kate Smith
   released the record   
When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain
1931; #1 on the Billboard chart
Kay Kyser
   released the record   
Three Little Fishies
1939; #1 on the Billboard chart
Kay Kyser
   released the record   
The Umbrella Man
1938; #1 on the Billboard chart
Larry Clinton
   released the record   
Always and Always
1938; Oscar nomination for "Mannequin"; peaked at #9 on the Billboard chart
Larry Clinton
   released the record   
Cry, Baby, Cry
1938; #1 on the Billboard chart; highest ranked version
Larry Clinton
   released the record   
Deep Purple
1939; #1 on the Billboard chart
Larry Clinton
   released the record   
Heart and Soul
1938; #1 on the Billboard chart
Larry Clinton
   released the record   
My Reverie
1938; #1 on the Billboard chart
Leo Reisman
   released the record   
Continental (You Kiss While You're Dancing)
1934; 7 weeks as Billboard's #1; Oscar winner for "The Gay Divorcee"
Leo Reisman
   released the record   
What Is This Thing Called Love?
1930; peaked at #5 on the Billboard chart
Libby Holman
   released the record   
Love for Sale
1931; peaked at #5 on the Billboard chart
Little Jack Little
   released the record   
You Oughta Be in Pictures
1934; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Louis Armstrong
   released the record   
All of Me
1932; #1 on the Billboard chart; inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005.
Louis Armstrong
   released the record   
I'm in the Mood for Love
1935; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart' highest ranked version
Louis Armstrong
   released the record   
When the Saints Go Marching In
1959; peaked at #10 on the Billboard chart; lasting acclaim
Lucienne Boyer
   released the record   
Hands Across the Table
1934; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
The Mills Brothers
   released the record   
Tiger Rag
1931; #1 on the Billboard chart
Nat Shilkret
   released the record   
Dancing With Tears in My Eyes
1930; #1 on the Billboard chart
Orrin Tucker
   released the record   
Oh, Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh
1939; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Ozzie Nelson
   released the record   
And Then Some
1935; #1 on the Billboard chart
Ozzie Nelson
   released the record   
At Long Last Love
1938; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart
Paul Pendarvis
   released the record   
Thanks a Million
1935; peaked at #5 on the Billboard chart
Paul Whiteman
   released the record   
Body and Soul
1930; 6 weeks as Billboard's #1
Paul Whiteman
   released the record   
Smoke Gets in My Eyes
1934; #1 on the Billboard chart
Paul Whiteman
   released the record   
Wagon Wheels
1934; #1 on the Billboard chart
Paul Whiteman
   released the record   
Willow Weep for Me
1933; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Peter Van Steeden
   released the record   
Home
1932; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Ray Noble
   released the record   
Isle of Capri
1935; #1 on the Billboard chart
Ray Noble
   released the record   
I've Got You Under My Skin
1936; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart; nominated for an Oscar for "Born to Dance"
Ray Noble
   released the record   
Love Is the Sweetest Thing
1933; #1 on the Billboard chart
Ray Noble
   released the record   
Old Spinning Wheel
1934; #1 on the Billboard chart
Ray Noble
   released the record   
Paris in the Spring
1935; #1 on the Billboard chart
Ray Noble
   released the record   
The Very Thought of You
1934; #1 on the Billboard chart
Red Nichols
   released the record   
Embraceable You
1930; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Red Norvo
   released the record   
Please Be Kind
1938; #1 on the Billboard chart
Red Norvo With Mildred Bailey
   released the record   
Says My Heart
1939; 4 weeks as Billboard's #1; highest ranked version
Richard Himber
   released the record   
Day After Day
1938; peaked at #4 on the Billboard chart
Robert Johnson
   released the record   
Hellhound On My Trail
1936; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame top 500 songs
Roy Acuff & The Crazy Tennesseans
   released the record   
Great Speckled Bird
1936; inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009
Roy Ingraham
   released the record   
Chant of the Jungle
1930; 8 weeks as Billboard's #1
Rudy Vallée
   released the record   
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
1932; #1 on the Billboard chart; highest ranked version
Rudy Vallée
   released the record   
Everything I Have Is Yours
1934; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart
Rudy Vallée
   released the record   
Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries
1931; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart
Rudy Vallée
   released the record   
A Little Kiss Each Morning
1930; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart
Rudy Vallée
   released the record   
Stein Song (University of Maine)
1930; #1 on the Billboard chart
Rudy Vallée
   released the record   
Vieni Vieni
1937; #1 on the Billboard chart; highest ranked version
Rudy Vallée
   released the record   
When Yuba Plays the Rumba On the Tuba
1931; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Russ Morgan
   released the record   
I Double Dare You
1938; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Russ Morgan
   released the record   
The Merry-Go-Round Broke
1937; #1 on the Billboard chart
Ruth Etting
   released the record   
Life Is a Song
1935; #1 on the Billboard chart
Sammy Kaye
   released the record   
Love Walked In
1938; #1 on the Billboard chart
Sammy Kaye
   released the record   
Rosalie
1937; #1 on the Billboard chart
The Seven Dwarfs
   released the record   
Heigh Ho
1938; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart
The Seven Dwarfs
   released the record   
Whistle While You Work
1938; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Shep Fields
   released the record   
Cathedral in the Pines
1938; #1 on the Billboard chart
Shep Fields
   released the record   
Did I Remember?
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart
Shep Fields
   released the record   
In the Chapel in the Moonlight
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart
Shep Fields
   released the record   
South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)
1939; #1 on the Billboard chart
Shep Fields
   released the record   
That Old Feeling
1937: #1 on the Billboard chart; nominated for an Oscar for "Vogues of 1938"
Shep Fields With Bob Hope and Shirley Ross
   released the record   
Thanks for the Memory
1937; #1 on the Billboard chart; Oscar winner for "The Big Broadcast of 1938"
Shirley Temple
   released the record   
On the Good Ship Lollipop
1935; #1 on the Billboard chart; iconic song
Solomon Linda
   released the record   
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
1939; original recording of South African song covered with acclaim by The Tokens in 1961
Teddy Wilson Featuring Billie Holiday
   released the record   
Carelessly
1937; #1 on the Billboard chart
Teddy Wilson Featuring Billie Holiday
   released the record   
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
1936; peaked at #5 on the Billboard chart
Teddy Wilson
   released the record   
You Can't Stop Me from Dreaming
1937; #1 on the Billboard chart
Ted Fio Rito
   released the record   
I'll String Along With You
1933; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Ted Fio Rito
   released the record   
My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii
1934; #1 on the Billboard chart
Ted Lewis
   released the record   
In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town
1932; #1 on the Billboard chart
Ted Lewis
   released the record   
Just a Gigolo
1931; #1 on the Billboard chart
Ted Lewis
   released the record   
Lazybones
1933; #1 on the Billboard chart
Ted Lewis
   released the record   
On the Sunny Side of the Street
1930; peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart
Ted Weems
   released the record   
The Man from the South
1930; #1 on the Billboard chart
Tom Coakley
   released the record   
East Of the Sun (and West of the Moon)
1935; #1 on the Billboard chart
Tommy Dorsey
   released the record   
Alone
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart
Tommy Dorsey
   released the record   
The Big Apple
1937; #1 on the Billboard chart
Tommy Dorsey
   released the record   
The Dipsy Doodle
1937; #1 on the Billboard chart; highest ranked version
Tommy Dorsey
   released the record   
Indian Summer
1939; #1 on the Billboard chart
Tommy Dorsey
   released the record   
The Music Goes Round and Round
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart
Tommy Dorsey
   released the record   
Music, Maestro, Please
1938; #1 on the Billboard chart
Tommy Dorsey
   released the record   
Once in a While
1937; #1 on the Billboard chart; highest ranked version
Tommy Dorsey
   released the record   
On Treasure Island
1935; #1 on the Billboard chart
Tommy Dorsey
   released the record   
Our Love
1939; #1 on the Billboard chart
Tommy Dorsey
   released the record   
Satan Takes a Holiday
1937; #1 on the Billboard chart
Tommy Dorsey
   released the record   
You
1936; #1 on the Billboard chart
Victor Young
   released the record   
About a Quarter to Nine
1935; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart
Victor Young
   released the record   
She's A Latin from Manhattan
1935; #1 on the Billboard chart
Wayne King
   released the record   
Dream a Little Dream of Me
1931; #1 on the Billboard chart
Wayne King
   released the record   
Sweethearts Forever
1932; peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart
Will Glahe
   released the record   
Beer Barrel Polka
1939; #1 on the Billboard chart; highest ranked version


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